A couple of Japanese companies have set up data entry businesses near me. They have a building, or buildings, in villages. Simple set up; bunch of PCs and people typing in data. The one I visited was entering (very) old US census data, like "Mr M. Murphy, address, other details...". They had scans of the census data on CDs which they bought out to the village. Then the "village people" typed the data into their database application.
People do all sorts of things dirt cheap on odesk.com. That wouldn't give a return on my costs here - staff, building, etc. Has anyone here looked into this to see what makes money?
The Jap companies might be treading water until they get their staff to do something further up the BPO food chain, or they could already be making money.
On the down side, Bangladesh is a complete dump (but with nice people). Setting up and running a business, from an admin point of view, is torture. Right now I try to spend as little time here as possible.